EEL120 Social Context of Vocational Education and Training (8)

This subject introduces students to the concepts of society and the individual, and their interrelationship. A sociological and historical approach is adopted that emphasises the development of the modern industrial and post-industrial state and its complex relationship with social collectives and individuals. Emphasis is placed on the role of social institutions in shaping individual and collective difference. The social and economic factors which influence the nature and role of adult and vocational education are also covered.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed EEL445 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Subject Relationships

EEL445 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe a variety of sociological theories relevant to the practice of adult and vocational education in Australia;
  • be able to apply these theories to analyse both themselves and their teaching environments;
  • be able to describe the nature of individualism and difference and their construction by social institutions;
  • be able to describe the development of the modern industrial/post-industrial society and its impact on them as teachers;
  • be able to examine the principles of social justice and equity in education; and
  • be able to relate to the impact of culture and global issues on their professional practice as an adult and/or vocational educator.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical understanding/context of Adult and Vocational Education
  • Rise of Industrial Society
  • Sociology and the Sociological Imagination
  • Indigenous Australian Sociological perspective
  • The individual in society
  • Family and Relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Gender
  • Class, Work and Power
  • Deviance and Difference
  • Education and Society
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Post Colonialism
  • Globalisation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEL120 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Sociology wiki page
Sociological lens blog
Essay: policy to practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.